Another year, another set up rumors about brewery mergers. The name of the game on the big end of the brewing business is all about volume. For all we talk about flavor, passion and craft, it turns out that to be truly successful you need to remove a bunch of the first, have the second for money and use the third on marketing and business strategy as you try and push another 3 cents profit on a can of beer.
Spotted this link on beernews.org just now.
It looks like beer and particularly Belgian beer has become popular enough that folks want to open a chain of cafes here in the US. Think.. well, the Starbucks of beer in a way.
The October Club shop brew is set for Sunday the 9th at 8:00 a.m. Kent Fletcher will be leading the brew crew this time around with a special holiday ale. He comes up with something different every year at this time.
Crew members will be brewing on the Falcons' 30 gallon all grain system located at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making shop in Woodland Hills. Crew members will participate in all aspects of the brewing process from measuring and crushing the grain, to cleanup. This will take most of the day, so be prepared.
The Maltose Falcons host a brew 101 class the second Tuesday of every month at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop in Woodland Hills. The class starts at 7:00 p.m. and is only $5.
If you have ever been interested in brewing beer, and wondered how to get started, this is the class to take.
The class lasts about 3 hours, and it is taught by experienced brewers from the Falcons. They will show you how to brew using the basic equipment and ingredient kits sold at the shop.
Full Spectrum Flight Night
Beer Tasting Thursday, September 15th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Enjoy this hand-picked flight that will cover the full range of the beer spectrum.
We will start light and end jet black.
North Coast Brewing - Blue Star Wheat
Brouwerij West - Tripel
Alesmith - IPA
Great Divide - Yeti
Come in for a special $5 taster flight...
stay to enjoy the 40 unique beers on taps!!!
Also just tapped Bear Republic Mach10 IIPA
30961 West Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
September Membership Meeting Minutes
September 11, 2011
Congratulations to all who will be serving on the next Maltose Falcons Board. I am sure you will lead the Falcons through a great year full of new ideas, activities and great beer. The new Board will be:
President- Nancy Gold
Vice -Presidents- Ed Kochanowski, Steve Rosolio and Jeremy Hynd
Treasurer- Kent Fletcher
Activities Director- Kris Schmidt
Membership Director- Martin Carman
Publicity Director- Diane Van Wagner
Secretary- Cullen Davis
Grand Hydro and Webmeister- Drew Beechum
Newsletter Editor- Mark Poliner
We will be partying at Oak Park in Simi again for Oktoberfest, with the actual festivities beginning around noon on Oktober 15th. As usual, camping will be available both Friday (14th) and Saturday nights.
Basic Brewing recently released their video on Club Night at the 2011 NHC. The video is hosted by James Spencer and Steve Wilkes. At the end of their video, their guest, Andy Sparks, noted that he believed the best beer of club night was Maltose Falcon's nine year old Lambic. Congrats on the person that brought it to NCH.
Here is the video for you to view:
Nestled in the El Dorado Casino is the Brew Brothers Brewery. They tag themselves as the "best brewpub" in America. While their aspiration are bold, the reality is a little more middle of the road.
Atmosphere was pleasant with but reminded me of a TGIFriday or a Chili's. Brew Brothers offers live entertainment. Lighting was muted, which helped create a comfortable ambience amidst the dark wood and leather interior. As with most brewpubs, the brew kettles and conditioning tanks were present behind glass windows at the entrance to the pub.
Come join the Maltose Falcons for our monthly club meeting on Sunday Sepetmber 11th at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop in Woodland Hills at 12:00 p.m.
Come meet fellow homebrewers, taste some great beer, and make some new friends. We welcome new brewers, and those who are interested in seeing what it is all about. Lunch is also available for a nominal cost.
Come on out and have some fun!
There is no meeting scheduled for the month of August. The event for the month is the Sunfest campout at Mt. Pinos. The next meeting will be held on Sunday September the 11th. This is postponed a week due to the Labor Day holiday.
I'm in talks right now with a yeast provider to get our hands on a set of strains. They ain't cheap, but as a club we could probably make this work.
Look here for the product list:
East Coast Yeast
If you'd like to get something (or multiple somethings) leave a comment below with type and quantity, once I have a good feeling for our numbers, we'll settle on a small subset of strains we'll get and I'll get back a price and people can pay online for their yeast.
Here are my notes from the mead tasting, another great get-together of meadmakers and mead enthusiasts that featured some really great creations and some nice commercial meads as well.
Hi everyone!! We had 50 people at our meeting today! For those of you who could not attend, here are the minutes of today's meeting for your perusal.......
MALTOSE FALCONS MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES-JULY 10, 2011
GRAND HYDRO- Drew gave us a mini-version of his fabulous Saison talk he gave at the AHA, complete with samples. He served us his Saisons all made with the same wort but batched into 5 different versions with different yeast strains. He also served us commercial samples of DuPont Avril and La Chouffe.
Time to escape the heat with a return to our favorite mountain campsite, McGill on Mt. Pinos. At 7,500 feet, you can guarantee a cool trip (20F cooler than LA in general) in the midst of a mountain pine forest. To top it off
the Maltose Falcons Brews Band will be playing, awesome food will be had for dinner and the Falcons will have copious amounts of beer available for the pouring. Please remember to bring water as the McGill site has no running water. Also, if you are planning to arrive early on Friday, the reservation is under Kent Fletcher.
All Surfliner competition Adambier entries will be due at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making shop no later then the July 10th club meeting. No entries will be allowed after that date. You must submit 4 bottles per entry, and please have them labeled accordingly as far as brewer, etc.
The Adambier judging for the top 3 entries for the club will be held at a later date since there are approximately 30 beers to judge. Steve Cook will be in charge of all aspects of the judging.
We will be judging the New Grain Recipe contest beers at the July 10th club meeting. Those of you who have created a recipe and have entered it at the shop, please bring at least 3 bottles, a growler, or a keg of that beer to the meeting. Please bring a copy of your recipe as well.
The recipe must contain at least two of the new grains now stocked at the shop.
The winner of the contest will have their recipe printed up and posted on the shop recipe board. The winner will also receive a keggle built by Kent Fletcher.
Looking forward to tasting these beers at the meeting!
My take away - how incredibly awesome that homebrewing gets into the Gray Lady. Any publicity is truly well and good for the hobby. Anything to get people to think "wait, what? I can do this at home?"
Attached are my notes about the "Anchor Weekend" in San Francisco and Sonoma County last Febrewary (yes, please get the spelling of that great brewing month correct!).
Enjoy. I certainly did.